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September 27, 2012

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The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen & Margaret - glad to be of even a little help with warblers!

Margaret

Love the article! Anything that helps me gain more pointers is A-OK with me. Stokes has a nice guide that shows warbler undertail patterns. Regarding Magnolias, note the eye ring, and you may also see remnants of the "necklace" across the breast and down the sides, as with this bird. Nice shots!

Ellen

I just learned this one recently myself. It was that "undertail pattern" that clinched it, since I often see warblers from below. Now I can eliminate Magnolias from the "confusing fall warblers" category!

Feel free to post more tips!

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